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A Valentine’s Day Invite to Rise

Dear Friends,

Valentine’s Day is coming. February 14. You may have a valentine already, but I’m writing to ask you to be mine. I’m writing to ask you to join me.

I have signed up to participate in
ONE BILLION RISING, a revolutionary campaign to end violence against women and girls. Please join me in forcing global attention upon the epidemic of gender-based violence.

One of every three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends. Still, most of the world remains silent and indifferent. It’s time to put a stop to the violence and to the silence that surrounds it.

February 14, 2013, ONE BILLION women and those who love them are invited to walk out, rise up, dance, and strike to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

The movement is global, with thousands of activists and organizations around the world signing on and planning events.
A Woman’s Place (AWP) is partnering with the Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) for a seven show production of The Vagina Monologues, February 13-17, with $10 of every full-price ticket sold donated to AWP.

I am rising. I am rising because I am done with violence. I am rising because I am over unwarranted and unacceptable attacks on women around the world. I am rising because the violence that we see and think is happening someplace else, happens here in our back yards. I am rising because, no matter where the violence happens, I feel it. Here in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, I will join voices with others – with you – to speak out against the violence and speak up for the ONE BILLION.

Imagine the power of ONE BILLION people rising up, dancing, showing our collective strength and our solidarity. Imagine the power of ONE BILLION rejecting violence against women. Imagine the power of ONE BILLION bringing about revolution and change and ONE BILLION people striking, speaking out, and dancing for a world free of violence where every one of us can flourish.

Join me. Comment your support. Share this blog. Purchase your ticket to The Vagina Monologues. Create your own rising.

Will you answer the call and rise?

Ifeoma Aduba
Executive Director

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